Santana unhappy with ump's calls

Updated: April 14, 2010, 3:12 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana admits to being frustrated after a slow start to his season, but he said some of his aggravation Tuesday stemmed from umpire Hunter Wendelstedt's calls.

"Sometimes, when [Andy] Pettitte was pitching, he'd throw a fastball a little up and he'd call it. He'd throw it a little down and he'd still call it," Santana said. "When I do the same thing, he didn't give me the call. That's because it's the Yankees. That happens every time we play the Yankees or Boston."

Santana's stuff has been sharp early this season, but he is 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA. He walked five batters and allowed eight hits in Tuesday's 7-5 loss in the Yankees' home opener.

The crew chief for this series, Jerry Layne, defended Wendelstedt, a 10-year veteran.

"I'm sorry he feels that way. He has every opportunity to do well," Layne said. "Everybody's treated the same. Major league umpires just don't do that. I don't know why somebody would say that, but it was a tough game for him to come in and pitch in this environment, I would think."

Santana said he did not complain to Wendelstedt during the game, saying that was manager Mike Scioscia's job.

"What am I going to complain about?" Santana said. "They're not going to change anyway."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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